What is this site?

Haggis Hell is the weblog of Robert Kiraly, aka OldCoder, a software developer for 42 years. It started due to an unusual pair of gag-order cases that ran from 2012 to 2013, but it collects threads of different types now.

This is one of a group of several OldCoder sites that includes laclin.com, minetest.org, oldcoder.org, and others.

Most of the original content on the sites is distributed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 or other open licenses. The sites will eventually be available in the form of multi-GB tarballs.

Ideally, the content will outlive the primary author and/or editor, parts will be read, and experiences and tips will prove to be useful.

Bulk copying of the sites one file at a time is discouraged and may result in IP-level blocks. Those who'd like everything all at once are advised to wait for the tarballs or to contact the site admini­strator.

200328 Saturday — CodeLicker story notes

200328. CoderLicker story notes.

CodeLicker comments on one of the groups in his proposed novel “The Cactus”:

They were cactus farmers with a strange fortune and a keep that was bloated with animals. Historically, they attacked any circus that had animals so that the animals could flee to the jungle and breed.

Possibly a reason why the jungle had numerous species as this was a centuries-old practice.

200328 Saturday — Kappelin Kitty

200328. Kappelin Kitty.

Jim Kiraly and Grace Kiraly of Solvang, CA murdered any grandchildren that I might have given them.

It was spelled out to me, repeatedly, that I was worthless to the couple because I hadn't produced grandchildren.

It was true. No rugrats. Of course, the issue was related to abuse by Jim Kiraly. But we're not supposed to talk about that.

Kids remained a possibility, regardless, until 2012, when Jim Kiraly, SSN 038-20-8134, and Michael Bonetto, SSN 142-76-2496, fought to obtain a gag order intended to cover up abuse on Jim's part.

They failed. But, in the attempt, they erased what was left to me in life.

Jim Kiraly. Violent abuser residing at 636 Atterdag Road, Solvang, CA. Phone numbers supposedly 805-556-0301 and 805-595-2890 but probably disconnected.

Jim, abuser filth, full of rage and spittle, you killed your own grandchildren. But you didn't manage to shut me up. When I had no plans to talk.

Was it worth it?

There won't be any kids now. Nor even kitties. No fireplace and purring cat for the Old Coder.

I'd imagined retirement, vaguely, as being me still at the computer but with a fireplace, a garden, and a couple of cats.

The computer work involving, ideally, positive volunteer projects as opposed to the need to find low-level work at a fraction of my past billing rate and the endless fight against age discrimation.

“We're looking for somebody fresh out of school.”  That's illegal as Hell, but it isn't enforced.

There will be no retirement.

The best that I'll be able to do now, in regard to cats or learning to cook or doing anything much of that nature will be to look at pictures that others provide.

Here's a cat that demonstrates the truth of the hypothesis “cats are liquids”. I haven't seen this one before and don't know if it's a he or a she. But it looks comfortable enough.

This is what cats are for. To be comfortable and to notify you of their comfort. They're furniture that purrs and the memory endures.

This is Kappelin's former kitty. He had the cat for a year or two. He had to give it away after that due to travel.

The photo suggests that the cat is making the best of the situation.

Kappelin says, “pulled from the streets, best cat I've ever had or seen”.

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Kappelin Kitty
Kappelin Kitty

200320 Friday — Michael Bonetto Site

200320. Michael Bonetto of Hoge Fenton has moved to his own site:

https://michaelbonetto.com/

A mirror is available as a subdirectory of this larger site.

Haggis Hell asserts the right to use the photo below of Michael Bonetto here and elsewhere. The photo is hereby relicensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. Third parties are invited to use and distribute the photo under that license.

Any DMCA action attempted by any party will be contested. Photos hosted overseas aren't subject to DMCA, regardless. Attorneys and others are expected to go through the procedures that the host country has agreed to use.

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Michael Bonetto of Hoge Fenton
Michael Bonetto of Hoge Fenton

200320 Friday — Maggie Desmond Site

200320. Maggie Desmond has moved to her own site:

https://maggiedesmond.net/

Click on the link preceding and confusion about Maggie Desmond will soon be receding :P

A mirror is available as a subdirectory of this larger site.

As a related point, updated pages will be online in the medium term for Michael Bonetto, John Perrott, Karl Chandler, Tom Kiraly, and others.

Haggis Hell asserts the right to use the photo below of Maggie Desmond here and elsewhere. The photo is hereby relicensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. Third parties are invited to use and distribute the photo under that license.

Any DMCA action attempted by any party will be contested. Photos hosted overseas aren't subject to DMCA, regardless. Attorneys and others are expected to go through the procedures that the host country has agreed to use.

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Maggie Desmond of Hoge Fenton
Maggie Desmond of Hoge Fenton

200320 Friday — Geolocation tools

200320. Geolocation tools have moved.

The geolocation tools have moved to:

https://coderbits.haggishell.com/geolocation/

200302 Monday — Big Bird Had Best Be Heard

200302. Big Bird Had Best Be Heard.

Kappelin encountered this fine fellow today. The species isn't nailed down 100%, but he says that they don't get this big unless they're good hunters.

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Big Bird
Big Bird

200229 Saturday — Happy Leap Year

200229. Happy Leap Year.

I skipped Dec. and Jan. but will resume semi-regular updates here now. We'll start with a Christmas conversation.

<Grinch> O/ I'm stealing Christmas. Watch out and lock your children inside. ~ sing sing a song let's ring ring along ~
<Loome> reading beneath the lines, I see your inner confict
<Loome> You recognize your evil ways, but give out warnings lest you lose control of yourself and harm us all. You're a tender soul, Mr. Grinch.

<OldCoder> For Mr. Grinch, ethics are a cinch
<OldCoder> He's a practical type
<OldCoder> Mr. Grinch needn't give an inch
<OldCoder> Holidays are marketing hype
<OldCoder> Holidays from Holy Days are derived
<OldCoder> It's nonsense. I trust that you've all survived.

<OldCoder> Grinch, Phenek, Metacognician, and Loome
<OldCoder> Let not Holidays be emotional doom

<Grinch> for doom there is always room
<OldCoder> :D
<OldCoder> Merry Solstice!

I don't think Loome and the others have understood, over the years, how much this sort of thing has meant to me.

I try to be useful to others myself.

A few weeks ago, I learned that a past associate had sat down, drunk the available bottles of alcohol, and eaten all the bottles of pills that he could find.

He survived. So, I said that which was possible.

The letter that I sent to my associate is pasted below. Is it useful? You be the judge.

Harry, Hi.

I'm getting to sleep now, but I continue to be largely available from noon til midnight Pacific Time.

For this morning, I'll say that I find positive communication helpful myself. If the situation permits calls, we should catch up in that venue. But email may be fine as well.

To some extent, what you're dealing with is on the physical side of the mind-body interface. But there is feedback across the interface.

If you communicative with supportive people and feel that progress in general is possible, these things are like guide-rails as you cross over canyons.

One other thing to keep in mind is that you're useful to others. Don't let the evolution of a job lead you, subconsciously or consciously, to believe otherwise.

When I think like that myself, I find things difficult. But I haven't failed and neither have you.

There are purposes to your life. The goals aren't metaphysical. They're practical and possible. They include, do what is possible within reason and seek places where you can feel safe and productive.

Talk to the counselors about this part. I'd be happy to reflect on what I'm working through myself. The bottom line is that you're more useful to the world, for reasons to be discussed, than many people are.

Regards, Bob

Obviously, I remain under time pressure related to Jim and Grace Kiraly, theoretically of Solvang, CA.

I say “theoretically” because these murderous creatures tend to scuttle away, as do insects under a rock that is kicked over, each time that their neighbors learn, for legitimate and reasonable purposes that are protected under U.S. laws, of the prosecutable crimes that these two parties have committed or are involved in.

And I *did* pump the entire area that they proved to be in, a few months ago, full to the bursting point with the goodness of pure and delicious facts.  :)

OTOH Keith Krasnove hinted that Grace was dying and that was at Christmas 2018, over a year ago. If Grace isn't pushing up daisies yet, she's certainly not dancing on them at this point.

Grace Kiraly's abuser Jim Kiraly, for his part, was supposedly expected to be deceased, like, 5 years ago.

Deceased, to be clear, of natural causes in both cases. I resent the need to offer the clarification, especially when I'd prefer that these two people last as long as possible.

There is, after all, legitimate and reasonable unfinished business, business protected under U.S. laws, to address.

Regardless, these t*rds are probably done with the scuttling-about part. Unless they've moved in with Tom Kiraly, CFO of Hanger, Inc. in Austin, TX as his mother-in-law Jean Washmon did. That should be easy enough to establish.

Well, if either party is still, to the shudders of the flowers and the green growing things, shambling through the world, we'll see what it's possible to accomplish this year.

Additionally, subsequent to the departure of these two to serve their new Master, others to whom kindness and respect is due will remain. The thought is cheerful.

191128 Thursday — Do you know this couple?

191128. Document update.

To read the current version of the Solvang, CA general inquiry document, click on the following link:

https://haggishell.com/misc/kiraly-solvang.pdf

This is the document referred to by the Solvang, CA rhyme in the next section. It's a draft that is still at an early state.

The current iteration is 32 pages in length. It's expected to reach, eventually, 100 pages; i.e., it'll be somewhat longer than a similar but less organized document that's been distributed to Pismo Beach residents and organizations in the past.

Technical notes:

Snail-mail copies are being sent in stitch-bound booklet form. Hand-delivered copies are printed single-sided and single-stapled in the upper-left corner.

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Solvang, CA: Do you know this couple?
Jim and Grace Kiraly

191125 Monday — Solvang, Land of Tooth and Fang

191125. Solvang, Land of Tooth and Fang.

1. Three approaches are here
Abuser Jim Kiraly is to be held dear
Facts all day and all night
Surely it's a comical sight
2. To imagine that that which is
Is as significant as cola fizz
3. Deliveries to Jim's neighbors have started
Reality will not be parted
If Jim of natural causes plans to go
Here's the tale of woe
It won't be with honor
4. The goal is Solvang, CA to saturate
Saturate is great
With a story
Full of glory
Using courier, emailed & snailmailed
Three approaches can't be derailed
5. The 2nd courier visit took place the other day
Here's a photo much hooray

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Jim Kiraly Solvang Delivery
Jim Kiraly Solvang Delivery

191016 Wednesday — Solvang, CA update

191016. Solvang, CA update.

Solvang, CA is a small city in California located about an hour's drive northwest of Santa Barbara, CA.

Solvang is small enough that it's technically feasible to snail-mail essentially every person in the city who has a mailbox.

In fact, we hope to accomplish that goal in connection with a legitimate and reasonable project that is protected under U.S. laws.

For a few details related to the project, scroll down. The purpose of this post is to indicate that the project remains in progress as of October 2019 and that we look forward to productive feedback in due course.

Additional news may be posted by Christmas 2019. Or the project may continue into the Spring.

We're in no rush. It's good for the heart and the soul to approach creative projects on a relaxed basis and to enjoy them. I feel that I'll enjoy this one.

That's a key point. I'd like friends to know that it's good to work on projects that one truly enjoys.

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A perfectly ordinary family
Bob Kiraly, Ken Kiraly, and Tom Kiraly

190101 Tuesday — Tindeck OldCoder page is back

190101. Tindeck OldCoder page is back.

From Twitter.

Tindeck, a site where I stored music by associates, has shut down due to #Article13. This is a #copyright law that makes no provision for Fair Use.
I've recreated the Tindeck OldCoder page and added Tindeck's statement. To play or D/L the music, visit:
https://haggishell.com/tindeck/

140313 Thursday — What Happens to Older Developers?

This post is old but will remain on the front page for the time being.

140313. Jeff Jenkins posted these questions and others recently at Ask Hacker News:

What happens to older developers? Is there a plateau in pay? Is there a drop in pay switching jobs after a certain number of years? Is becoming a specialist rather than a generalist the answer?

To read the original post, click here. Note: The link was valid as of March 2014. However, it may have broken since then.

This is my response:

Developers who go on long enough are expected to obtain high-level titles by their 50s or to retire at about that time.

I'd like to discuss an issue that you might not have thought about: What's going to happen if you lose your job?

Employment in the 50s can be problematic. If somebody is skilled and employed, and has a high-level title or is a specialist or has useful connections, they should be able to obtain a new position.

Otherwise, they might go from well-off to homeless. It happens. I'm 55, my resume is pretty good, and I was worth $1M a decade ago. I'm a transient now. I've got some medical issues, no medical care, and no dentists. Potential jobs are largely unskilled physical labor, which I'm not able to do.

I'm taking a shot at tutoring. However, I don't expect that to provide more than gas money. The head of an admin assistant firm said that I can't be a secretary unless I already am one.

Two people considered sending me to care for elderly relatives, but we didn't proceed. My title at one of those positions was going to be “poop scooper”.

Don't let this happen to you. For what it's worth, here's my advice:

1. Don't fall off of the employment ladder.

2. Become a specialist. Try to remain broad enough, though, that you don't become obsolete.

3. Build a network of people. Make it a large one.

4. Diversify your investments.

5. While you're employed, don't let medical issues, even minor ones, go untreated for long. If you lose your job and your assets, you'll lose medical care too and the issues may become serious.

6. Be kind to people. But don't be a fool. Most people that you help are not going to return the favor.

Regarding specialists, I did recruiting for a while in 2011 and I can confirm that the filters are weighted against generalists.

I've spent about 35 years myself as a generalist. My jobs called for it. The place where I spent most of my career took any project that came along, code of any type. At a dot-com that followed, after the money ran out, I handled all of the technical roles; IT, websites, development, support, documentation, etc. I was able to do a bit of everything.

Later on, none of this made a difference. There are few job listings that say “a bit of everything”.

After the dot-com shut down, 2003, I made $1M in the stock market. Lost most of it afterwards and reentered the job market. Learned that middle-age generalists were not in high demand.

In my case, there were other factors that won't apply to you. It's a story for another time. But if you're a generalist who falls off of the ladder in middle age, you can expect things like this:

“With a resume like that, why isn't he a CTO? Why doesn't he even have a job?”

You'll be asked questions about algorithms that you haven't thought about for 30 years. Or you'll go through coding tests under adverse conditions that don't allow you to show what you can do.

Plan ahead. Understand that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.

My own resume is located at:

this link

These are my links. Yes, the technical site needs Twitter Bootstrap :P

  1. Technical site (oldcoder.org)
  2. My GitHub
  3. My LinkedIn
  4. My Twitter
  5. OldCoder Nerdcore Song

Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)

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